Client receives substantial damages after accident caused by bike malfunction

Our client was cycling his mountain bike on holiday in France, when suddenly and without warning, the front wheel quick-release lever became trapped in the disc brake, causing the front fork to snap. He was thrown with some force over the handlebars and landed heavily causing severe injuries, mainly to his right cheekbone and eye socket. He was knocked unconscious and was treated at the scene by paramedics for 30 minutes before being taken to hospital. He returned to the UK two days later where surgery was performed, and 3 metal plates inserted.

Our client ran his own business and had to take 8 weeks off work to recover. He was used to working up to 14 hours a day, organising and mentoring his team, and managing new and existing clients.

During his recovery at home, he was unable to eat properly, he had a permanent tingling sensation in his nose, and he was suffering from extreme fatigue. He saw a consultant surgeon who confirmed that he had severed the main nerve in his cheek, which would take a long time to heal.

As time progressed, our client realised that his ability to focus on work had diminished, mainly due to the facial pain from the damaged nerve being so uncomfortable and distracting. He was unable to work the hours that he was doing pre-accident and as a result, he took the difficult decision to sell his business.

The cycle company admitted liability and settlement was eventually agreed upon and apportioned at 80% in the client’s favour, with the deduction being for the client’s failure to wear a bike helmet.

We secured a substantial sum for the client in light of the pain and suffering he’s endured, his inability to carry on with his business and the future losses that entailed.

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